If you are thinking of expanding to other countries you will probably need a good translation agency’s services to translate business plans, websites, technical reports, legal papers etc. Doing business globally always leads to a language problem. Hiring a good translation service will go a long way in overcoming this.
Research About the Agency
Check out the agencies website. See if you can get hold of their case studies and/or contact their previous clients. Apart from doing online research see if your colleagues, business associates and family have anything to recommend.
Check for Different Language Combinations
The more, the language translation options offered, the better. For example, check if the agency you are considering offers English to Chinese translation service. If such a basic option is unavailable you definitely want to look elsewhere. However, more options can be achieved by employing few people to do more types so, be sure look into the team member’s credentials also.
Cheap is Not Always Good
Cheap agencies will definitely help you reign your budget but they will not necessarily produce top quality translation (not even for basics like English to Chinese translation). So, be careful if you are looking to translate important legal documents. You might end up paying quite heavily if your translation agency ends up making a mistake or is corruptible.
Get the Complete Package
Things like website and software localization are quite important for expanding IT companies. If you fall in this category make sure the translation agency you chose offers such services as well. This will save time (and probably money) when you need to expand your translation needs.
Regular updates about progress in translation work. Openness to feedback and adaptability to clients needs are essentials in the translation agency you hire. Timely completion of work before deadlines and proper responsibility in work is necessary.
Think about the above things and chose the proper agency. It is not worth it to make lazy mistakes in this area and have an improper English to Chinese translation of your contract.